MACTEC selects Business Objects for enterprise performance management; leading engineering design company replaces Cognos with Business Objects

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 10, 2004 -- Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ)(Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that MACTEC, one of the largest environmental, engineering design and remedial construction companies in the U.S., will deploy solutions from Business Objects to manage enterprise performance. MACTEC replaced Cognos with Business Objects, citing the ease of deployment and ease of use of Business Objects as two critical factors in their decision to switch. Using Business Objects, MACTEC will provide top executives at more than 100 offices throughout the country with dashboards, enabling them to track, understand, and manage their organization's performance.

MACTEC's dashboards will provide in-depth views of performance from different perspectives and for different users. For example, a project income statement will compare month-to-date budget figures for different revenue categories and margins in order to help managers keep projects within budgetary guidelines. An earned value graph will present an interactive worksheet allowing project managers to enter a completion estimate for cost, revenue, or hours, and then graph the entire life of the project. This helps MACTEC keep the project moving forward in a timely manner. In addition, managers will be able to view pre-defined key performance indicators (KPIs) and the status of hundreds of ongoing projects.

The dashboards will pull data from various sources including Oracle Financials and a data warehouse running on Oracle 9i. Users will access the dashboards from web pages built with Microsoft's .NET technology, MACTEC's standard web development environment.

"As a client-centric company, it is vital we deploy a business intelligence solution that provides visibility into the progress of our projects," said Tim Miller, application development manager for MACTEC. "Business Objects provides this visibility and more. The ability to track, understand, and manage performance will increase, and also enable us to demonstrate the value we bring to clients."

"The need for business intelligence extends to every corner of geographically dispersed enterprises," said Chris Caren, vice president of corporate marketing at Business Objects. "Business Objects is enabling MACTEC to create the exact reporting environment it needs to improve performance at every level and at every location of the organization."


Headquartered in Atlanta, MACTEC is a leading consulting firm providing engineering, environmental and remedial construction services to public and private clients. Operating with over 3,000 employees in 100 U.S. offices, MACTEC is currently ranked 25th among Engineering News-Record's top design firms, based on 2003 revenues of over $436 million.

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company. Business intelligence enables organizations to track, understand, and manage enterprise performance. The company's solutions leverage the information that is stored in an array of corporate databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

Popular uses of BI include enterprise reporting, management dashboards and scorecards, customer intelligence applications, financial reporting, and both customer and partner extranets. These solutions enable companies to gain visibility into their business, acquire and retain profitable customers, reduce costs, optimize the supply chain, increase productivity, and improve financial performance.

In December 2003, Business Objects completed the acquisition of Crystal Decisions, the leader in enterprise reporting. The combined product line includes software for reporting, query and analysis, performance management, analytic applications, and data integration. In addition, Business Objects offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.

Business Objects has more than 24,000 customers in over 80 countries. The company's stock is traded under the ticker symbols NASDAQ: BOBJ and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB). It is included in the SBF 120 and IT CAC 50 French stock market indexes. Business Objects can be reached at 408-953-6000 and

Business Objects, the Business Objects logo, Crystal Reports, and Crystal Enterprise are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects SA or its affiliated companies in the United States and other countries.

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